Two of the Labour movement’s main left groups, Momentum and the executive group of CLPD (Campaign for Labour Party Democracy), one of the party’s key left groups, have issued statements about this morning’s departure of the MPs who have already become known as the “mediocre seven”.
The CLPD statement read:
Earlier today seven MPs, elected to parliament on Labour’s 2017 manifesto, resigned from the Labour Party, letting down millions of people who stand to benefit from the election of a Labour government.
Since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as its Leader, the Labour Party’s priority has been the defence of people’s living standards and ending Tory austerity. Labour is fighting for policies that will vastly improve people’s lives.
The Labour Party is a broad church, with a diverse range of views, even inclusive of those that oppose the party’s progressive agenda. Regrettably, the small number of MPs that have left the party will campaign against Labour and assist the Tories hang on in government.
The attacks made on the Labour Party, by the departing MPs, are entirely false. In particular, the Labour Party is totally committed to eliminating prejudice and bigotry, including antisemitism, where ever it exits in society and Labour’s Leader Jeremy Corbyn is absolutely resolute in this fight.
The overwhelming majority of Labour MPs and members will continue to work hard for the election of a Labour government.
A Momentum spokesperson said:
Labour’s common sense socialism has widespread support amongst the public, has inspired hundreds of thousands to join the party and caused the most spectacular electoral comeback in British history.
Labour now has a plan to rebuild Britain. These MPs want to take us back to the politics of the past.
With a back to the Blair years programme of privatisation, tax cuts for the rich and deregulation of the banks, they offer no concrete solutions, no new ideas and have no support amongst the public.
Across Europe, parties stuck in the middle of the road mould have no young supporter base to speak of and are plummeting in the polls, enabling the rise of the far right.
Tens of thousands of volunteers regularly come out and campaign for Labour. This fringe minority of MPs have today not set out any agenda capable of inspiring anything remotely similar.
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